If you’re interested in organic gardening, you’re not alone. More and more people are leaving pesticides and chemical fertilizers behind in favor of growing their own fruits and vegetables in a safe, environmentally-friendly way. If you’ve been wanting to do the same but aren’t sure how to go about it, here are some the tricks of the trade for newbies.
1. Coffee Grinds
Organic, used coffee grounds make excellent compost and enrich your soil. Need a lot? Ask your local coffee shops and they’ll likely give you theirs for free. Can’t beat that!
2. DIY Olla
An olla is usually a terra cotta or clay pot buried mostly underground and filled with water. The moisture seeps out gradually into the surrounding soil. But you can make your own by using an empty milk jug or juice container. Just poke holes in it and leave the top exposed above the ground for filling.
3. Make a Seed Binder
Keep your seeds in one place by making your own seed binder out of a photo album. Sure, this isn’t just for organic seeds, but anything you can do to stay organized will help your organic garden flourish. When seeds are planted, keep the packets in the binder for care reference.
4. Chemical-Free Weed Preventer
You probably have several empty cardboard boxes hanging around. Did you know that cardboard makes an excellent weed barrier? Lay down the flattened boxes as cardboard sheets, then lay your mulch on top. Easy!
5. Bio-Intensive Planting
This is a complicated term for combining the right plants and putting them in your garden tightly together. Certain plants, planted closely, prevent the growth of weeds and conserves water.